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Birding in Sri Lanka & South India

13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview

This birding trip is focussed on the tropical climate regions of Sri Lanka and the southern part of India. Both are veritable stops for birding enthusiasts with a large variety of migratory and endemic avian creatures. Along with the birds, one gets a close look at the local culture and the stunning countryside. The traveller gets to see world famous stalwarts that host a wide variety of birds and animals. This is trip is perfect to trail the green belt of the Sri Lanka and get an insight into the Indian southern belt as well.

Top Places

Waikkal | Kithulgala | Rathnapura | Sinharaja | Embilipitiya- Udawalawa National Park | Yala | Nuwara Eliya | Kandy | Kochi | Thattekad Bird Sanctuary | Valparai | Cochin

Highlights

Birds in different habitats like Muthurajawela | Adventure activities at Kithugala | Kelani Valley Forest Reserve | Sinharaja | The “World Heritage Site” Rain Forest | Bundala National Park | Yala National Park | Haggala Gardens | Udawattekele Forest Reserve | Thattekad Bird Sanctuary



Waikkal / Day 01

On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to Waikkal. In the evening visit Muthurajawela. Muthurajawela is located south of Negombo in the Colombo district. A vast area of marshland and mangrove vegetation with an […]
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Kithulgala / Day 02

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kithulgala.  Kithulgala is one of the most scenic locations in the island and also a centre for many nature and adventure related activities which include White Water Rafting, visits to rainforests and the Belilena prehistoric cave. It is also one of the gateways to the hill country.
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Rathnapura / Day 03

In the morning some birding in the remnant Wet Zone forests close to the Kitulgala Rest House in the morning and after breakfast go across the Kelani River in a dugout canoe to visit the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve which is a lowland tropical rainforest with a high diversity of endemic fauna and flora. There […]
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Sinharaja / Day 04

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to visit Sinharaja. Sinharaja is the only “World Heritage Site” Rain Forest in Sri Lanka, with a very high rate of bio-diversity. The vegetation is tropical wet evergreen forest and the area under the reserve is 11,187 hectares. Out of the 331 woody trees and lianas identified 192 (60%) […]
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Embilipitiya- Udawalawa National Park / Day 05

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Embilipitiya.   Check-in to the hotel and relax. In the evening do safari at Udawalawa National Park. The Udawalawe National Park is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and wealth of faunal species, particularly mammals and birds.  It is a famous tourist attraction throughout the year for its unique […]
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Yala / Day 06

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Yala.  Enroute visit Bundala National Park. Bundala National Park is the latest addition to Sri Lanka”s National parks which is situated 250 kms away from Colombo.  All species of water birds resident in the country and migrant birds inhabit this park.
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Nuwara Eliya / Day 07

Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild Elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery Sri Lanka s most […]
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Kandy / Day 08

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to visit Haggala Gardens. The Haggala botanical gardens were founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites who was superintendent of the more famous gardens at Peradeniya. Haggala botanical gardens were once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic and according to many, it was […]
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Kochi / Day 09

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport for the departure flight To Kochi, in Kerala, India. Day is at leisure with some birding at the coastal areas.
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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary / Day 10, 11 & 12

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, or Salim Ali Valley as it is affectionately known, is a tremendous and as yet little visited place. It is alive with Indian Golden, Black-headed and Black-naped Orioles. It was here that David Attenborough filmed Rufous Woodpeckers, nesting in the still-occupied nest of ferocious tree ants. The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and beautiful […]
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Valparai / Day 13 - 14

Valpare or Valparai is a little know tea estate area with some lush forests and wonderful bio-diversity. A small population of Lion Tailed Macaques live here – which is our main reason to be here. The nearby grasslands also hide rare gems like the Broad tailed grassbird and some other species. We wish we could […]
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Cochin / Day 15

Onward flight. Instead of  fly back home
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